Author: Ryan Urban

SINGAPORE: HALF OF THE STONE ROLLS INTO KUOK’S COURT

RYAN URBAN WRITES – On October 1, a Singapore tech startup bought half of Rolling Stone, becoming the first-ever outside investor in the 49-year-old magazine. BandLab Technologies is a social music company aimed at encouraging rising music artists to collaborate with one another by combining features from Facebook, SoundCloud and Garage-Band all into one place. The startup is led by 28-year old Meng Ru Kuok, son of billionaire Kuok Khoon Hongn and the nephew of Malaysian billionaire Robert Kuok. Founded in 1967, Rolling Stone became a beacon of American pop culture, helping launch the careers of writers and creative...

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SINGAPORE: CLEANLINESS LAWS MISSED A SPOT WITH ZIKA

RYAN URBAN WRITES – With such a neat-freak attitude, one would think Singaporeans would hardly have any bugs in its health system.  But the ultra-clean rich city-state has yet to rid itself of the dangerous Zika-carrying mosquitoes. Earlier this month, authorities in Singapore reported 151 cases of the Zika virus, sadly including a second pregnant woman. Then eight new cases of Zika popped up in several different regions in Singapore. According to the National Environment Agency‘s website at this writing (10/2/16), that brought Singapore to 356 cases, a substantial increase since Singapore’s first case in May. Singapore is rightly famous for...

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SINGAPORE: UNDER CAREFUL WATCH

RYAN URBAN WRITES – The recent detention of two Singapore men under a decades-old law that allows people to be held for two years without trial shows just how worried – and ill-prepared – some countries are in the fight against modern terrorism. The men were detained under an old law known as the Internal Securities Act, which lets members of the government detain any individual for up to two years, if authorities believe they were planning any form of terrorism in or out of the country. In this case, the two men were suspected of planning to travel...

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USA: AN INDIVIDUAL’S ACT OF HATE AND AN ACT OF TERRORISM

RYAN URBAN WRITES – We need to remember this: The mass shooting in Orlando was one of the deadliest in U.S. history. The horrific mass shooting was an act of home-grown terrorism, committed by an even more sick and twisted character. And the tragedy is that something like it bodes to happen again … and how often? On June 12, Omar Mir Seddique Mateen entered Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. The 29 year old security guard, armed with an assault rifle and a small pistol, killed 49 people and wounded another 53 individuals in just over two hours in the night...

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SINGAPORE: POSSIBLE CANINE EPIDEMIC DOGGING BUKIT TIMAH

RYAN URBAN WRITES: Dogs are a man’s best friend. But every now and then these furry little guys bring home something they shouldn’t. Most dogs bring home mud and dirt, but not in Singapore, a city-state known for its cleanliness. Dog owners in Singapore have come home to dogs who have somehow picked up a life threatening bacterial diseases. The focus of the potential epidemic is in Buhit Timah, a residential hub in the center of tiny Singapore.  Dog owners who bring their pets to Sunny Heights, the well-known doggy daycare center there,  have reported an alarming number of...

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Trump needs to get smart as North Korea keeps up ‘missile diplomacy’

Tom Plate says US policy on North Korea must stem from astute first-hand intelligence, lacking thus far, starting with recognising the country and setting up an embassy read more...


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